AP Chemistry: Example Textbook List
The list below represents examples of textbooks that meet the curricular requirements of AP Chemistry. The list below is not exhaustive and the texts listed should not be regarded as endorsed, authorized, recommended, or approved by the College Board. Not using a book from this list does not mean that a course will not receive authorization. Syllabi submitted as part of the AP Course Audit process will be evaluated holistically, with textbooks considered along with supplementary, supporting resources to confirm that the course as a whole provides students with the content delineated in the curricular requirements of the AP Course Audit.
The specified editions of the following textbooks meet the AP Chemistry Course Audit curricular requirements. Earlier editions of these texts and other textbooks not listed here (including concise textbooks) may meet the AP Course Audit curricular requirements if supplemented with appropriate college-level instructional resources. For discussions regarding the usefulness of these texts and other teaching materials in the AP Chemistry classroom, please consult the Teachers' Resources section of AP Central.
More textbooks than those listed below may be appropriate for the AP Chemistry course. However, schools should make every effort to acquire textbooks no older than 10 years old for use in this course.
Brady, James E., and Fred Senese. Chemistry: Matter and Its Changes. New York: John Wiley & Sons.
Brown, Theodore E., LeMay H. Eugene, and Bruce E. Bursten. Chemistry: The Central Science. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Burdge, Julia. Chemistry. New York: McGraw-Hill.
Chang, Raymond, and Brandon Cruickshank. Chemistry. New York: McGraw-Hill.
Hnatow, John, and Ketan Trivedi. High School Chemistry for AP Achievement, Version 4.0. Paperless Publishing.
Kotz, John C., Paul M. Treichel, Townsend, J. Chemistry & Chemical Reactivity. 8th Edition. Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole Thomson Learning.
Masterton, William L., Cecile N. Hurley, and Edward Neth. Chemistry: Principles and Reactions. 7th Edition. Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole Thomson Learning.
McMurry, John and Robert C. Faythanks, Chemistry. 5th Edition. Pearson.
Moore, John W., Conrad L. Stanitski, and Peter C. Jurs. Chemistry: The Molecular Science. Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole Thomson Learning.
Oxtoby, David. W. Principles of Modern Chemistry. 7th Edition. Cengage Learning.
Silberberg, Martin. The Molecular Nature of Matter and Change. New York: McGraw-Hill.
Spencer, James N., George M. Bodner, and Lyman H. Rickard. Chemistry: Structure and Dynamics. New York: John Wiley & Sons.
Tro, Nivaldo, K. Chemistry: A Molecular Approach. 3rd Edition. Prentice Hall.
Whitten, Kenneth, W, Raymond Davis, Larry Peck, and George G. Stanley. Chemistry. 9th Edition. Prentice Hall – Pearson.
Zumdahl, Steven, and Susan Zumdahl. Chemistry. 9th Edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.